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Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,531,731 111,028 870,842 18,253 674,555 380,183 4,414,432
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,660 774,637 109.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 233 606,059 85.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,601 470,381 66.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 519 135,435 19.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 359 126,874 17.9
Jewish Other Judaism 53 76,140 10.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 196 65,798 9.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 98 57,233 8.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 150 53,308 7.5
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 27 51,021 7.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 220 49,566 7.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 196 45,035 6.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 170 40,030 5.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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38 37,925 5.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 177 33,854 4.8
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 33,210 4.7
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 175 31,421 4.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 201 28,412 4.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 110 23,284 3.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 49 18,751 2.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 110 17,946 2.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 71 17,933 2.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 64 16,830 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 162 16,375 2.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 81 14,648 2.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 59 11,517 1.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 84 8,543 1.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 12 7,944 1.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 25 7,231 1.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 24 6,170 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 118 5,870 0.8
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 38 4,636 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 57 4,297 0.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 37 3,778 0.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 3,565 0.5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 3,368 0.5
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 3,212 0.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 3,050 0.4
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 23 2,978 0.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,097 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 1,887 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,870 0.3
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 1,868 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 1,554 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,400 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,084 0.2
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,030 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 966 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 784 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 777 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 702 0.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 684 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 681 0.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 653 0.1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 590 0.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 562 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 6 524 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 441 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 429 0.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 425 0.1
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 400 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 400 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 387 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 343 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 308 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 299 0.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 247 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 234 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 218 0.0
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 183 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 137 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 130 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 107 0.0
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 105 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 60 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 56 0.0
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 48 0.0
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 35 0.0
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 18 0.0
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 29 --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Federation of Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 10 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Maranatha Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 100 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Catholic Church, Inc. Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 7,736 2,943,551  

The population of Virginia was 7,078,515 in 2000; in 1990 it was 6,187,358. The total population changed 14.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,943,551) included 41.6% of the total population in 2000.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.